Roy Moore, the Republican Alabama Senate candidate and alleged sexual predator endorsed by President Donald Trump, said America was great during an era when families cared for one another — the same era when Black people were sold, enslaved and hanged.
A tweet that went viral on Thursday pointed out a comment Moore made at a rally in Florence, Ala., in September. One of the only Black people in the audience asked the candidate when he thought America was “last great.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, “Moore acknowledged the nation’s history of racial divisions, but said: ‘I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery — they cared for one another. … Our families were strong, our country had a direction.’”
Moore also peppered his speech with racial insults referring to Native Americans and Asian Americans as “reds and yellows.”
Eric Columbus, a former Obama administration official, posted the following tweet on Thursday, which caused the stir on Twitter:
A Twitter user replied:
Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center and daughter of slain civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, tweeted:
Last month, Moore gave a speech at Walker Springs Road Baptist Church in Jackson, Ala. He said the “new rights” supported by the Supreme Court in 1965 caused today’s problems and did not clearly explain which “rights” he was referring to.
Moore did not explain whether he was referring to landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 or a more obscure SCOTUS ruling on school prayer.
“By 1962, the United States Supreme Court took prayer out of school,” he said. “Then they started to create new rights in 1965, and now, today, we’ve got a problem.”
The landmark civil rights act of 1965 was the Voting Rights Act, signed into law that year. Alabama was not in support of voting rights for Blacks. In Selma, on March 7, 1965, state troopers attacked about 600 nonviolent demonstrators who were protesting voter suppression and police brutality as they marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The day of violence became known as Bloody Sunday.
Even though Moore made the racist comments in September, and it certainly wasn’t the first time he’s made comments like that, he still won the Republican primary. And even though Moore has been accused by multiple women of pursuing them in their teens, one reportedly as young as 14, when he was in his 30s, he is supported by the Republican National Committee (RNC).
On Thursday, many Twitter users pleaded with Alabama voters not to elect Moore on Dec. 12: